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1880 Diary of Luman Putnam of Granville
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1854 Diary and Introduction. Also access to many more LumanPutnam Diaries

Luman Putnam Jerusha Bailey, his first wife

1880

January

Thursday, 1

Day mostly cloudy but otherwise quite mild and pleasant.

This day was the time for our annual family gathering, and there have been present all my descendents and their families, with my surviving brother & sisters, and a few others, making in all 48 souls.

Friday, 2

Day partially fair and the weather is continuing very mild and agreeable.

Continued my work at fitting up a stable for my two heifers out of one that was formerly constructed and used for stabling colts, in a part of the building in rear of wagonhouse.

Saturday, 3

The forenoon was very fair & pleasant but the afternoon has been very cloudy, raining a little.

Rode to Troy with Frank Kenyon & Albert. Got a hand to my watch, paid $5. to Peck & Newbery and traded a little. Came home by way of the Summit, arriving in season to take care of my cattle.

Sunday, 4

The weather today has been mostly cloudy but it continues very mild indeed.

Attended meeting at the Centre today, as usual, and heard a discourse by brother Phoenix. The schoolhouse was crowded very full.

Monday, 5

The weather has been cloudy throughout the day but it continues very moderate.

Having finished the floor and the stantials in the stable for the heifers, worked today at fitting up the manger or place for feeding.

Tuesday, 6

Rained a little in the night & the morning quite icy. Rained a little in course of the day.

Fixed up things about the barn a little and went over the creek to see how Charly Gray gets along, who is engaged at chopping my yearly supply of wood.

Wednesday, 7

The day has been quite cloudy and the weather very mild.

Prepared a foundation for a floor in an apartment of the calf shed that had once been designed and used for a henroost, with the intention of converting it into a stable for the old roan cow.

Thursday, 8

Cloudy weather & mild temperature continues, and mud is becoming plenty.

Worked at picking up old planks about the premises and pieces of plank that are suitable for the purpose, and putting them in to the floor of the little stable.

Friday, 9

The weather continues cloudy and very moderate, thawing continually.

Went to work at the stable floor again same as yesterday and finished that part of the work in the course of the day. At night received a postal card from my old friend Mr. Atkins.

Saturday, 10

Weather mostly fair today and quite pleasant and warm.

Spent a portion of the time today at making a door for the old cow’s stable and fitting it in, spent some time reading and attended to the chores. Also went up to the store & got hinges for the door & other things.

Sunday, 11

Morning fair & latter part of the day quite cloudy. Weather mild & roads muddy.

Attended meeting at the Centre in the school house & heard Br. Phoenix. Called at Sister Lydia’s, and at the post office on my way home.

Monday, 12

Morning cloudy & colder with snow beginning to fall which continued thro the day.

Hung the door to stable for the old cow and put on the latch. Did but little besides this except the care of the stock and the fires.

Tuesday, 13

Morning cloudy & quite cold. Came off fair & day quite pleasant, with about 4 inches of snow.

Did nothing of any account except to take care of the cattle and chop a little wood at the door. Towards night went up to Hollis’ mill to see how they got along with the improvements.

Wednesday, 14

Morning fair & very cold – mercury zero. Day fair & weather more mild.

Chopped up the remainder of my wood at the house and picked up a little more around the barn and did not do anything except the chores.

Thursday, 15

The entire day has been quite cloudy and the weather much more mild.

Harvey has hauled three loads of wood for me today. Helped unload the wood at the house & split up a quantity of it, and then went up to the Centre, calling at the store & at Levi’s, & at Hollis’ mill.

Friday, 16

Weather has been mostly cloudy & quite mild thro the day & eve.

Attended to my cattle at the barns but did not do any other work there, but remained about the house at rest most of the time.

Saturday, 17

Warm cloudy weather continued and evening rainy with some wind.

Worked about the calf shed a part of the time at putting in floors over the stables that I have been making there in order to make them warmer.

Sunday, 18

Rained considerable in the night, & and mostly cloudy and very muddy.

Attended meeting at the Centre schoolhouse again today, brother Phoenix being present and preaching as usual. Returning, called to see Levi who was sleeping but gets no better.

Monday, 19

The day has been quite fair and warm & has appeared much like a pleasant April day.

Have spent a part of the day about the stables, repairing and trying to make them warmer and more comfortable for the cattle, & more handy & convenient to attend them.

Tuesday, 20

The morning was cloudy & soon commenced to rain, continuing moderately thro the day.

Was quite sick in the morning – stomach & head very badly affected – & therefore have not been away from the house today. Harvey and Albert have attended to my chores at the barn.

Wednesday, 21

The day has been considerably fair, & the weather continues mild and open.

Have felt much better today, and have attended to my cattle at the barns except the first feeding in the morning, but not undertaken to do any other work.

Thursday, 22

The morning was considerably cloudy, & the afternoon became rainy & wet. Very windy.

This being the day appointed for the dedication of the enlarged and improved meeting house at the Centre, attended there & met a large audience. Br. Hayden preached, Brs. Phoenix, Wood & P. J. Bull, a methodist, took an active part in the exercises. Benjamin & Lurenda are tarrying with us.

Friday, 23

The day is considerably cloudy & somewhat windy, but the weather continues quite mild.

Benjamin and Lurenda departed after breakfast for their home; and, not feeling very much inclined to work today, I have done but little besides my ordinary chores and have spent my time about the house and barn.

Saturday, 24

The weather continues moderate & the morning was cloudy. Afternoon has been fair.

Attended meeting in the morning at the meeting house, brother Wood being the speaker. Susie and Edie came home with me. Attended again in the evening at which meeting brother Phoenix spoke.

Sunday, 25

The entire day has been quite fair and pleasant, the weather continuing mild.

Attended meeting at the meeting-house with wife in the morning. Br. Phoenix spoke to a very large audience, & baptized eight young persons who are Sunday school scholars. Wife staid to evening meeting.

Monday, 26

The weather today has been very fair & mild, quite springlike.

Worked a little at repairs about the calf shed, and towards night went up to the Centre, calling to see brother Levi Taylor who remains sick & is feeling worse today.

Tuesday, 27

Morning cloudy and rainy, continuing till night. Evening very foggy.

Have not tried to do anything today except the chores, but have spent the principal part of the time at rest in the house, reading some and sleeping occasionally.

Wednesday, 28

The day has been fair and warm, and still, and very pleasant – except the mud.

Went over into the woods to cut some sticks for rounds to a feeding rack to put in the stable for the old cow. Had to go round by Levi’s bridge on on account of high water. Afternoon made the rack and put it in place.

Thursday, 29

Morning cloudy & some colder with snowflakes flying. Afternoon more pleasant.

Attended to the chores at the house and barn, and did a little tinkering of not much account, spending the remainder of the time about the house, reading some & resting.

Friday, 30

The day has been quite cloudy with a very heavy, southerly wind – especially towards night.

Worked part of the day at making and putting in in the manger, and thus completing the stable for the old cow. At night, put her in to it for the first time. Had to put props & braces against the barn doors to prevent them from being blown open.

Saturday, 31

The day has been quite fair, and the wind quite gentle, and the weather quite warm.

Did no work today of any account except the chores at the house and barn. Towards night went up to see Levi but he was sleeping, so I made a short call at Isaac’s.

February

Sunday, 1

The weather has been mostly cloudy, and very windy, & pretty cold throughout the day.

Attended meeting at the Centre as usual and heard brother Phoenix preach. On my way back called again to see Br. Levi & found him no better.

Monday, 2

The morning was fair & still, & keenly cold – 2 degrees, – & the day has been much like it.

Attended with wife the funeral of Roxy, John Vroman’s wife, at the meeting house, who died on Saturday last. Br. Phoenix spoke on the occasion. Have done nothing more to-day except the chores.

Tuesday, 3

Four or five inches of snow at sunrise & storm in progress. Snowed all day. Nine or ten inches at night.

Spent the day in and about the house except the time necessarily occupied in the care of the cattle at the barn, & therefore had some time for reading & for rest.

Wednesday, 4

Cloudy all day and weather considerably cold and winterlike.

Made some preparation to write a letter today but gave it up without making any progress on the arrival of Luman who called & remained with us until after dinner.

Thursday, 5

Morning quite cold and quite fair. Milder in middle of day, but cold again at night.

Gave attention to the chores today & devoted the remainder of the time to writing a letter to my friend, Mr. Atkins of Middletown Conn. Worked in the evening at copying the same into the book I keep for a record of my correspondence.

Friday, 6

The day has been mostly fair, and has been only moderately cold.

Enclosed and sent to the post office in the morning my letter to Mr. Atkins. In course of the morning Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan came to make us a visit, departing towards night.

Saturday, 7

Day fair and somewhat windy. Weather continues not very cold.

Attended to my chores and our company again today. Lathan and Urania, with two of their children came to visit us, and are remaining over. John Morrison and Mr. Gilman died in the course of the day.

Sunday, 8

The weather today has been mostly cloudy considerably cool, & somewhat breezy(?).

Attended at the meeting house with Lathan and heard brother Phoenix preach. After the sermon 4 persons were immersed. Towards night Lathan and his folks departed for their home, & wife & I attended chores at the house and barn.

Monday, 9

Weather has been mostly cloudy, quite windy and considerably cold.

Attended the funeral of Mr. Gilman at Harvey’s house. In the Afternoon Azor & Eliza and Burton & Mary, and Luman were here remaining till towards night. Br. Phoenix spoke at the funeral.

Tuesday, 10

Very cold morning – 6 below – day fair & still & weather becoming more moderate.

Attended the funeral of Br. John Morrison at the meeting house at which Br. Phoenix also officiated. Wife also attended with me. Received a card of invitation to Isaac’s golden wedding.

Wednesday, 11

The day has been mostly fair & morning very cold. Much warmer in afternoon.

Split up the wood I had remaining at the house, and after making preparation commenced to smoke a ham. In the afternoon went down on the flat to learn the condition of the creek, as to crossing with team & load of wood.

Thursday, 12

Morning cloudy, day fair and warm, & the fields are becoming bare again.

Had Harvey haul me a load of wood in the morning. Shelled a half bushel of corn which I raised in 1877 in order to get the cobs to smoke the ham with and gave some attention to the process.

Friday, 13

Rainy night. Morning cloudy, & foggy, & warm, & a little rainy, continuing so till night.

Attended to the chores but have done nothing more except to clean out the little stream back of the house and to split a little wood. Spent a considerable portion of the time in the library.

Saturday, 14

The weather has been partially fair and quite mild, but a little colder at the close.

Have done nothing of any account today except the chores, but have spent much of the time in the library reading some and writing a little, besides devoting a portion of it to rest and dozing in my chair.

Sunday, 15

The day has been quite cloudy, and the temperature quite mild.

Attended meeting as usual & heard Br. Phoenix. There were two baptisms, making 18 in all. Benjamin was there with Mrs. Bailey & they came home with me. At night wife & I rode home with them, to attend Susie’s 13th birth day quilting tomorrow.

Monday, 16

The day has been quite fair most of the time, and weather continues mild.

Have spent the day at Benjamin’s where were present most of my people, and also some others. We came home towards night with Harvey’s folks, arriving in season to take care of cattle.

Tuesday, 17

The day has been quite fair with a pretty brisk wind from the S.W. Weather warm.

Have not attended election today but have remained at home, attending to my cattle at the barn and visiting with company at the house. Lura and Mary came for a visit and towards night Aaron & Burton came.

Wednesday, 18

The day has been quite cloudy and very windy, & the afternoon a little rainy.

Have attended to the chores at the barn as usual and remainder of the time has been spent in and about the house. Have put out some more meat to smoke. Rec’d. letter from Mr. Atkins.

Thursday, 19

Morning fair & a brisk, cold wind making the weather pretty cold through the day.

Spent a considerable of my spare time today in the library, reading and dozing a portion of the time, and looking over my papers & correspondence and writing some.

Friday, 20

Morning pretty cold, but the day has been quite fair, and the weather quite mild & agreeable.

Finished a letter to Mrs. Emeline Harris of Great Barrington, Mass. and copied it, and attended to the meat we had out to smoke and having completed the process, brought it in. Spent some time reading in course of the day.

Saturday, 21

Snowed a little in the morning but the afternoon has been partially fair. Not very cold.

Sent my letter to Mrs. Harris to the post office in the morning by Albert. Have spent my leisure time about the house and in the library reading. Towards night went up to the store and got sugar &c.

Sunday, 22

The weather today has been mostly fair, and quite moderate.

Attended at the meeting house today, & the meeting was carried on by brethren D. D. Ross, and Norrish, brother Phoenix being away to attend a funeral.

Monday, 23

The day has been considerably windy & also partially cloudy, but continues mild.

Sent to Frank’s by Harvey 3 bu. buckwheat & ½ bu corn: also 8 bu. buckwheat & oats for cowfeed. After this he hauled up a load of wood for me. Have done but little today besides the chores.

Tuesday, 24

Weather today has been quite fair and still, and mild and pleasant, and very agreeable.

Attended to the stock and the fires and spent the remainder of the day at rest, reading considerable & writing some. At night Harvey brought home my grist which he carried to mill yesterday.

Wednesday, 25

The weather has been mostly cloudy, but quite still and very mild throughout the day.

Went wife today up to Isaac’s to attend the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of him and Abby, or as it is called, their "golden wedding." Met a large company there, & all of my children except Azor.

Thursday, 26

The weather today has been partially fair, & has been almost as warm as summer.

Have spent my time in and about the house today except that portion of it that was necessarily employed in attending to my chores. Have read considerable, and having commenced a letter to Mrs. Sarah E. Andrus of Huron, N. Y. , have devoted a part of it to that purpose.

Friday, 27

The day has been only partially fair, but the weather has been still, and warm, and quite agreeable.

Have completed my letter to Mrs. Andrus & copyed it in the course of the day besides attending to my domestic affairs, and also spending a considerable portion of the time reading.

Saturday, 28

The weather has been quite cloudy and quite windy through the day but has continued warm.

Sent my letter to the post office in the morning by Albert, and after breakfast spent the forenoon at cleaning out and trying to repair the cooking stove. Have been reading in the afternoon & at night went up to p.o. & got the papers, calling at Lydia’s.

Sunday, 29

The day has been considerably fair most of the time, & very windy. Weather continues warm.

Attended meeting today with wife and heard a discourse by Br. Phoenix who was in his place today. Lizzie called at night and spent part of the evening with us.

March

Monday, 1

The day has been cloudy most of the time, and the weather has become considerably colder.

Have done nothing today of any account except to attend to the cattle at the barn, but have spent much of the time in the library, devoted to reading and to rest.

Tuesday, 2

Weather partially fair and pretty cool throughout the day and without much wind.

Did a little tinkering and split some wood, spending most of my time in and about the house. Alva called at night and spent some time in the evening.

Wednesday, 3

Morning fair with brisk westerly wind, but the day has been cloudy & afternoon a little rainy.

Have spent most of the time today writing a letter to Mrs. Rhoda A. Cook which I have copied in the evening and got it ready for the morning mail of tomorrow.

Thursday, 4

The day has been mostly cloudy with considerable wind. Weather quite mild.

Have been quite unwell today from neuralgic pain in the head & left side of face, proceeding form a small boil in left nostril, but have attended to the chores notwithstanding.

Friday, 5

Copious rain in the night. Day partially fair & quite mild, & very windy in the latter part.

Boil has discharged some, & have had less pain. Wife went away in the morning for a two days visit at Canton. Have attended to myself and the stock but have done nothing else.

Saturday, 6

The day has mostly cloudy with moderate wind and weather a little colder.

Not much neuralgia today but boil quite troublesome yet, there seeming to be another coming near the same place. Have attended to the chores & have been to Harvey’s & Volney’s to borrow some bags for Alva to put up corn in.

Sunday, 7

Weather quite cloudy and quite moderate. Began to snow before noon, moderately, & continued till night.

Have taken care of myself and the house, and have attended to the stock at the barn, but have not found time to attend meeting today. Have had no company except Albert part of the time, & again tonight.

Monday, 8

Weather cloudy and some colder and some wind. Began to freeze towards night.

Alva called in the morning and got the bags to put the corn in for me. Attended to the cattle at the barn and affairs about the house, and being about out of wood, picked up some. Wife came in middle of day.

Tuesday, 9

Day cloudy and considerably cold. Snowed a little in the afternoon.

Picked up and prepared some wood for the day, having first ground my axe with the help of Albert, and have spent remainder of time not thus employed and with my chores, mostly in the library.

Wednesday, 10

Day cloudy or mostly so, and the weather is also considerably and winterlike.

Finished the writing and copied a letter to Miss Ellen F. Buell. Spent a portion of the time picking up wood in the fields to keep up my fires. Towards night Luman came and is tarrying over with us.

Thursday, 11

Began to snow in the early morning and continued till afternoon. Weather more mild.

Sent my letter to Ellen to the P.O. by Albert before mail time. Luman departed after breakfast. He let me have $25. cash. Sylvester came in afternoon & helped me haul three loads of wood with his sleigh.

Friday, 12

The weather continues mostly cloudy but the snow is beginning to thaw & is very soft.

Completed and copied a letter to Lola at Villa Ridge in the course of the day and evening. Remained in and about the house during the day doing nothing more, except the chores at the barn and house.

Saturday, 13

The day has been mostly cloudy, with weather mild, thawing moderately.

Went up to the post office in the morning with my letter to Lola & one from wife to Lucina. Afternoon put up 26 bu. oats, to mix with 26 bu. corn for feed, all of which Sylvester carried for me up to Hollis’ mill to be ground.

Sunday, 14

Day partially cloudy & considerably windy, and weather moderate, thawing through the day.

Attended meeting at usual morning hour and heard brother Phoenix preach. Spent the afternoon at home, and towards night Laura and Betsey came and made us a call.

Monday, 15

Day cloudy and clear by turns and the weather has become considerably warm again.

Have spent my time, when not engaged with chores, principally in the library, reading much of the time. Albert, in the middle of the day, brought in my mail from the post office, and in it was a long letter from Ellen Buell, in reply to mine of the 10th.

Tuesday, 16

Weather fair and otherwise as usual, and quite mild, thawing considerably.

Spent the time in and about the house, principally, when not engaged with the chores. Towards night Sylvester brought my grist of 52 bushels of feed from Hollis’ mill. Helped him unload it at the barn.

Wednesday, 17

Two inches of snow in the morning & more falling slowly which changed to rain. Weather quite mild.

Troubled considerably with a lameness in my left hip, and did not go out any more than was necessary to attend to the chores. Read some in the library.

Thursday, 18

Froze considerably last night. Day fair and warm. Some cloudy and a little wind towards night.

Spent the day in and about the house as usual, when not engaged with outdoor chores being considerably lame in my hip. Read much of the time and tried to write a little. Made out to finish a letter to Lydia Caywood & copy it.

Friday, 19

Weather quite mild and snow fell till nearly night but there was only a little remaining at the close of the day.

Carried letter to the post office in the morning & bought a supply of stamps, postals &c. & went in to see Lydia but she was away. Attended to chores, but spent remainder of the time in the house reading.

Saturday, 20

Day partially fair and the weather continues quite mild. Roads quite muddy again.

Have done nothing of any account today besides the chores, except a little tinkering about the wagon house shed. Remainder of time have spent mostly in the library reading.

Sunday, 21

Freezing weather & cold wind in the morning. Day partially fair & thawed considerably before night.

Attending meeting at the Centre as usual and made a short call at Lydia’s, she still being absent from home. Br. Phoenix preached. at the close came home and spent the remainder of the day. Marion here in the evening.

Monday, 22

Day considerably fair with but little wind and weather remaining quite mild.

Have attended to the chores and done but little besides, spending most of the remaining time in the library. Luman called and took dinner with us.

Tuesday, 23

The day has been mostly fair and the weather quite moderate, growing cooler towards night.

spent the day about the house and barn as usual, attending to the chores, and spending my leisure in the library reading considerable and writing some.

Wednesday, 24

Day mostly fair but considerably cold caused by a very cold & brisk wind that has continued all day.

Completed and copied a letter to Mrs. Esther Kenyon, Cawker City, Kan. Besides this and the usual chores, have spent some time reading. Laura has been here for an afternoon visit.

Thursday, 25

Froze hard last night & morning very cold. Day mostly fair, & cold wind continuing.

Attended to my matters about the house & barn, and have made arrangements to go to Troy tomorrow to see about getting some fodder & attend to some other matters, leaving my chores with Albert.

Friday, 26

The day has been partially cloudy, and the weather has become more moderate.

Started after breakfast & rode to Summit with Ross & then to Troy on train. Did some business there & then went over to Azor’s, & thence after dinner have come here to Benjamin’s & put up. Rode down with Azor & Charley.

Saturday, 27

The day has been very cloudy, and the afternoon quite rainy. The rain ceasing at night.

Had some talk with Benjamin in the morning about getting some hay of him, and after breakfast started on foot for home. Called at Br. Laurent’s and agreed with him for a load of straw. Arrived home before noon.

Sunday, 28

Morning cloudy & considerably windy, & such weather has continued through the day.

Quarterly meeting at Sylvania now in session but could not leave home to attend it, consistently, and so remained at home and attended to domestic affairs.

Monday, 29

The day has been quite cloudy and cold, with considerable wind & some snow flying.

Wife and Harvey’s family rode up to Azor’s this morning with Ed. who had come down with Azor’s team for us all, but I could not leave home and so am remaining here alone.

Tuesday, 30

The weather has been mostly cloudy & moderately cold, with pretty heavy wind.

Have attended to matters at the barn & house today. Luman called in the forenoon, and then went on to Smithfield. Amy arrived home in the middle of the day. Sylvester hauled a load of straw for me, from Laurent’s, in the afternoon. Helped him unload it. Went up to P.O. & got some papers.

Wednesday, 31

The weather has been quite fair and quite windy, and moderately warm today.

Spent the day at home as usual, attending to the cattle and doing a little repairing at the barn. Sylvester and Harvey brought me a load of hay, which weighed 1596 lbs., from Smiley’s in the afternoon.

April

Thursday, 1

Day fair and warm and quite pleasant, with only a moderate breeze of wind.

Found a calf in the morning with old Roan. Have fixed a place in the hoghouse to put the calf, and have done but little else except the chores. Towards night went to post office but found no mail.

Friday, 2

Morning fair and frosty, day pleasant and warm, and evening quite cloudy.

Remained at home through the day but have done nothing except the chores. Took the calf away from the cow in the morning, and have confined it in the hoghouse to be fed. Have spent remainder of the time about the house, reading some and resting.

Saturday, 3

The day has been cloudy and the afternoon a little rainy. The weather is considerably warm.

Have done nothing more than chores today except to mow away another load of hay weighing 1750 lbs., which Sylvester brot for me from Benjamin’s – whole quantity brought, 3346 lbs.

Sunday, 4

Shower in the morning with very heavy thunder & lightning. Day partially fair & quite warm. Another thunder shower at night.

Attended meeting and heard Br. Phoenix discourse. Before meeting called in to see Lydia a little while. Subscribed $10 for Br. Phoenix who is engaged to preach here another year.

Monday, 5

The day has been mostly fair, but the middle was cloudy and a moderate thunder shower.

Attended to matters about the house and the barn and have done nothing of any consequence besides, but have spent the most of my leisure in the library reading, and writing a little. In the course of the day the roan heifer brot a white calf.

Tuesday, 6

The day has been mostly fair and the weather considerably warm and springlike.

Took away young Roan’s calf in the morning & put it into an apartment of the hoghouse. Spent much of my spare time & part of the evening writing and transcribing a letter to A. M. Bailey of Middlefield, Conn.

Wednesday, 7

Ground whitened with snow in morning & weather windy & cold. Continued windy and cold thro the day.

Went up to the post office before breakfast with my letter for Mr. Bailey, & then came home, remaining in the house most of the time when not engaged at splitting wood for the fires or attending to the cattle.

Thursday, 8

The day has been mostly fair but the weather continues pretty cold and considerably windy.

Have remained indoors today except while engaged with the chores. Have been employed a considerable portion of the time at writing a letter to Edgar H. S. Bailey at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At night went over to engage Sylvester to haul some wood tomorrow.

Friday, 9

The day has been quite fair, and considerably windy, and some warmer than for a few days past.

Copyed and enclosed my letter to Edgar, and carried it to the post office afternoon, making a call at Lydia’s. Spent remainder of the time, not taken up with chores, in and about the house.

Saturday, 10

Day fair and warm and smoky, with a pretty brisk westerly wind. Cloudy & very windy at night. Lydia came in the morning, & Luman called. Rode with him up to Valentine’s, returning after dinner & found Sally here. Killed a couple of hens for Luman to carry home with him.

Sunday, 11

Morning cloudy, and cold, and very windy. Weather through the day much the same.

Did not attend meeting today on account of the uncomfortable weather, and feeling a little unwell besides. Attended to the chores and spent the remainder of the time in the house with wife, engaged with reading in the library a considerable portion of the time.

Monday, 12

Cold morning. Day partially fair and very windy. Weather continues cold and uncomfortable.

Remained at home throughout the day, attending to the chores, and besides them doing nothing of any consequence. Spent the leisure time in the house mostly, and read considerable, writing a little.

Tuesday, 13

The weather has been mostly fair during the day & appears to be growing some warmer & is quite windy.

Attended to the chores as far as was necessary, and sat by the fire side most of the remaining time. Read some, wrote a little, but spent most of the time with Lydia who was here. Daniel called. Engaged him to come & work for me tomorrow.

Wednesday, 14

The day has been fair and somewhat smoky and the weather considerably warm.

Completed a letter I had begun to Mr. Atkins, and in the course of the day copied it and enclosed it. Worked with Daniel in the forenoon over the creek cleaning out roads in the woods, to my wood that is piled there, and at cutting some cherry fence posts, and at repairing line fence on the flat next to Volney’s land. Daniel worked in the afternoon at repairing fences.

Thursday, 15

Night quite warm. Morning some cloudy & quite smoky. Day cloudy with some wind. A sprinkling of rain in afternoon.

Sent letter to post office in the morning by Albert, Set a post & repaired fence by the gate at the road, and prepared a watering place in the east yard. Let the cows and yearlings out to grass. Received a letter from Mrs. Rhoda A. Cook.

Friday, 16

Morning cloudy and smoky, day cloudy, and afternoon a little rainy and quite warm.

Daniel came to work. Sylvester came & hauled two loads of wood & a load of fence posts. Daniel split the posts and repaired fences. Helped him a little. Mr. Cocorman came at night & is staying over.

Saturday, 17

Thunder shower in the night. Day cloudy and considerably windy.

Mr. Cocorman departed after breakfast. Have repaired a little fence below the road. Sylvester plowed the orchard north of the house for oats. Besides the chores have spent some time in the library reading. In the course of the afternoon Urania and Solon came and are tarrying with us.

Sunday, 18

The day has been partially fair, and also moderately warm, with not much wind.

My circumstances have been such that it was not convenient to leave home today, and have therefore not attended meeting. Urania and Solon remained till towards night & then departed.

Monday, 19

The day has mostly cloudy & moderately cool. Heavy south wind in afternoon & a little rain at night.

Luman called in middle of the day. Rode with him up to Valentine’s again & took dinner there, helping him drive two young cattle down. Went up to the store in afternoon & got some tea. Agreed with Hollis for lumber.

Tuesday, 20

The day has been considerably fair and the weather only moderately warm & quite windy.

Spent the day at home attending to the cattle and other matters. Sowed some tomato seed in a pan in the conservatory, and some lettuce seed in the garden in place of some of the pie plant which I removed. Mrs. Sarah Taylor and Laura called. Sent Bradford Republican to A. M. Bailey.

Wednesday, 21

The morning was fair and frosty, & a little smoky. The day has been fair and warm & still.

Did something at repairing fences and bars and in the afternoon sowed three bushels of oats in the orchard above the house which Sylvester dragged in. Received a letter from Lettie.

Thursday, 22

Fore part of the day was quite fair & the latter part a little cloudy. Weather warm.

Sent Etta Bailey a copy of Brad. Republican. Put Luman’s stag in the stable to keep him off the wheat. Repaired the yard fences & barns & put up the fence across the lot above the Cherry field. Norman began to plow for corn.

Friday, 23

The day has been mostly cloudy & moderately warm. The evening is rainy.

Have to keep Luman’s stag in the stable, & carry water to him. He has become very unruly. Worked most of the time today on the hill a reconstructing the old rail fence below the Chestnut & Hickory fields. Received a letter from Mr. Atkins.

Saturday, 24

Rainy night & wet morning. Day cloudy & most of the time rainy. Evening rainy & wet.

Went up on the hill after the morning chores & worked at the fence until towards noon and then was driven off by the rain. Albert was with me. Spent the afternoon mostly in the house.

Sunday, 25

The day has been cloudy and cool and the afternoon considerably rainy.

Having hurt my face near my right eye, on Thursday last, which has disfigured me somewhat for the present; did not attend meeting today, but wife went in my stead, and I remained at home.

Monday, 26

The day has been mostly fair after a rainy night. The weather is forenoon. Evening rainy.

Worked in the forenoon on the hill laying fence until I got considerably wet and then came down to the house and spent the remainder of the day at rest, reading some & sleeping, doing no work except chores.

Tuesday, 27

Rained some in the night and early morning. Day has been mostly fair.

Went to the store and got some nails in the morning. Burton and Mary here today. He helped me repair fences below the road in the forenoon and afternoon he & Sylvester hauled dung o garden.

Wednesday, 28

Morning fair and frosty. Weather continued quite fair thro the day, & moderately warm.

Burton came again today & worked in the forenoon with Sylvester at hauling dung on the lower garden. Afternoon he went with me on the hill & worked at making & repairing fences.

Thursday, 29

The day has been cloudy and most of the time a little rainy. Weather rather cool.

Have done nothing today of any account except the ordinary chores. Sylvester came over in the morning to plow my gardens and finished in the afternoon. Had him plow up one of the asparagus beds.

Friday, 30

Morning cloudy & soon became rainy. Day continued cloudy without much rain, but considerably cold.

Worked a little at removing the asparagus roots from the garden that were plowed up yesterday. Luman came to see me about his stag but did not take it away. He was here to dinner.

May

Saturday, 1

Freezing night. Forepart of the day fair, and latter part quite cloudy. Weather considerably cool.

Worked in the garden some today at clearing out the asparagus from the bed that was plowed, and digging up weeds from among the raspberries. Spent some time in the house reading.

Sunday, 2

Morning cloudy and quite breezy. The day has been mostly cloudy and moderately cool.

Attended meeting today with wife and heard brother Phoenix. After meeting we stopped with Charley White to dinner, and towards night we returned home in season to attend to our chores.

Monday, 3

The day has been quite fair and warm, the most so of any this spring.

In the morning turned out the steers and Luman’s stag to pasture with Harvey’s cattle over the creek. Spent the forenoon & most of the afternoon down there repairing line fence next to Volney’s lot.

Tuesday, 4

Another day fair and warm like yesterday. Weather very agreeable.

Put the cow over the creek today with the other cattle. Worked at the fence on the north hill in the forenoon, and afternoon spent some time in the garden. Planted some potatoes.

Wednesday, 5

A warm night succeeded by another warm day which is also quite fair.

Spent a considerable portion of the day at laying it out, and getting it into form, and preparing the ground. Prepared a plat and planted some peas. Spent some time also in the house resting and reading.

Thursday, 6

The day has been mostly fair, and also quite warm. Beginning to be quite dry again.

Worked in the garden at preparing the ground for planting. Luman came to get Azor’s cattle. Went with him to the Centre, & met Azor there. Luman stopped with the cattle here & took dinner.

Friday, 7

Weather in morning hazy & smoky. & at night cloudy, otherwise fair. Quite warm.

Turned Luman’s stag off Harvey’s wheat & put up the fence, & then drove him up to the barn & put him in the stable. Prepared a larger plat for potatoes in the garden and planted them.

Saturday, 8

Morning hazy & very smoky, otherwise fair. The day has been mostly fair & quite warm.

Spent the forenoon on the north hill working at the partition fence below the Hickory field making and setting stakes. Spent the afternoon at and about the house, resting, and looking over the garden seeds.

Sunday, 9

Morning hazy and smoky and very dry. Day mostly fair and quite warm.

Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon and heard Br. Phoenix. Came home directly after the close and spent the afternoon with wife.

Monday, 10

Day quite fair until towards night, & then cloudy. Weather quite smoky & warm.

Worked on the hill at the fence again today. Had Norman haul up there a couple loads of rails from the fence below.

Tuesday, 11

Another hazy smoky morning & some clouds. Thunder shower at noon with little rain.

Went up on the hill after breakfast to work at the fence and finished it a little before noon. Spent the remainder of the day about the house, doing nothing of much account except the chores, having got a little wet by the shower.

Wednesday, 12

Day mostly fair and fore part of it warm but cooler towards night.

Went up on the hill and finished the fence coming down to the house a little before noon, & in the afternoon worked some in the garden at hoeing out the weeds from among the raspberries.

Thursday, 13

Morning cloudy & quite cool, and the day has been of nearly the same character.

Worked some in the garden and made and set up some trellises in front of the house to support the climbing roses. Heard that Stephen Landon died yesterday.

Friday, 14

Morning fair and a little frosty. Day fair and very cool. Weather also very dry.

Worked among the raspberries some in the morning, and spent considerable time in the house with Lydia, she being here for a visit. In the afternoon I had Norman’s horses and dragged my little patches below the house for corn & potatoes, he having begun to plant his corn. Mr. Bunyan brought me a pig.

Saturday, 15

Morning fair and considerably frosty. Day fair and grew warmer in the afternoon.

Worked most of the time today at constructing some bars above & below the calf pasture, but spent a portion of it in the house reading and at rest. Towards night Urania & Solon came.

Sunday, 16

Day partially cloudy, quite smoky, very dry, and weather warmer again.

Urania and Solon departed not long after breakfast for their home. Did not attend meeting today but remained at home with wife & spent much of the time reading.

Monday, 17

Weather very smoky & very dry, & very warm again. Day mostly fair.

Made and prepared another set of bars today, and put them by the road opposite Harvey’s in the corner of the little meadow east of the house. Completed them before dinner, and spent most of the afternoon at rest.

Tuesday, 18

The morning was cloudy and very smoky but the day has been partially fair.

Worked in the garden some and began to plant corn on the east border of the lawn, but had to go on the hill to drive back Sam’s sheep that had crawled under my fence; & stop the holes.

Wednesday, 19

Morning foggy and very smoky and dry. Day fair and breezy and very warm.

Finished stopping sheep holes under the fence on the hill in the forenoon. Afternoon drove my cattle off Sylvester’s meadow and repaired fences belonging to him and to Harvey. Finished planting east border.

Thursday, 20

Day partially fair & very smoky & warm. Thunder cloud at mid day, & another at night with little rain.

Planted corn again today on the west border of the lawn, which I finished in the course of the day, besides attending to a number of other matters of minor importance that came in my way, including several intervals for reading and rest.

Friday, 21

Weather a little cooler, considerably cloudy, & a little rainy in the forenoon.

Having completed the preparation of the east border of the lower garden by digging up & grading the ground, I planted two rows of sweet corn there, and did some reading.

Saturday, 22

Day mostly fair and the weather moderately warm.

Luman came in the forenoon, and concluding to put his stag into his pasture, got some boys to drive him away. Have given some attention to matters & things in general.

Sunday, 23

Day considerably fair, and the weather remains warm and very dry.

Attended to such chores in the morning as I have remaining at this season of the year, and at the proper time got ready and went up to the meeting at the Centre, and heard, as well as I was able to, what Br. Phoenix had to say to us.

Monday, 24

Weather fair and quite warm. Thunder clouds in the distance.

Spent most of the day at work in the lower garden digging up the borders and marking out the ground and preparing it for potatoes, and made small beginning of the planting.

Tuesday, 25

Day fair and the weather continues very dry and quite hot. Mer. 90°.

Worked a considerable portion of the day in the lower garden at planting potatoes and also attended to several other matters of not much importance.

Wednesday, 26

Another very hot day. Fair, with light thunder shower in the afternoon. Mer. 94°.

Finished planting my potatoes in the lower garden which is intended for my principal crop this season, and besides the planting have made considerable improvement on the ground by digging up the briers and weeds, & enlarging the borders.

Thursday, 27

Day fair and very hot – 91°. Thunder shower in the afternoon.

Went up to the cemetery in the morning & after employing John Case to dress up my lot there & right up the monument which was leaning a little went to work myself to put in order the graves of my father and mother.

Friday, 28

Morning cloudy & rainy till afternoon, & then partially fair. Weather somewhat cooler.

Benjamin and Lurenda, with Fanny & her children came to visit us, departing in the afternoon. After this, went up to the cemetery again &, with the help of Isaac, completed the work I began yesterday.

Saturday, 29

Weather a little cool but quite fair until in the afternoon, then it became cloudy.

Went up to the Centre in the morning soon after breakfast, and spent the forenoon in attendence upon the ceremonies and proceedings that were performed in honor of deceased soldiers. In the afternoon planted over some peas where they had failed to come up.

Sunday, 30

Forenoon cloudy and rainy, afternoon partially fair. Thunder showers in the evening.

On account of the rain bad & walking did not attend meeting today but remained at home with wife and without any other company. Spent part of the time reading, & slept some.

Monday, 31

Morning cloudy but came off quite fair, & weather moderately warm.

Moved a pile of fence posts from the woodhouse, and chopped and split some wood in the morning. Luman called & paid me $24, annuity. Afternoon worked a little in the garden.

June

Tuesday, 1

Morning partially fair, afternoon cloudy raining some & weather correspondingly cool.

Went up to Lydia’s in the early morning to give her notice of wife’s intention of going to day to visit Sally. After breakfast went to work in the garden until Sylvester came to haul some wood for me, then went with him over the creek & helped him haul up two loads.

Wednesday, 2

The day has been mostly fair, with a partial frost in the morning. Weather cool.

Went over the creek in the morning & cut a quantity of brush for the peas in the garden and brought up a part & began to set them and hoed a part of the garden potatoes.

Thursday, 3

The day has been considerably fair, and the weather moderately warm.

Commenced today to work out my road tax having been called on by Sylvester, who is pathmaster in this district. Worked down towards the lower end of the district.

Friday, 4

The day has been partially fair and the temperature pretty well up.

Worked in the garden most of the time today. Finished hoing the potatoes, brought up some more brush and set to the peas, and towards night went up to the store & bot some sugar, & garden seeds, and a small butter tub.

Saturday, 5

The temperature has been moderate & the weather mostly fair, but quite cloudy at night.

Man came here and varnished some of our old furniture and picture frames, &c. Eliza came down & brot us a variety of flowering plants in pots. Planted some cucumbers & M. Melons.

Sunday, 6

The day has been clear and cloudy, alternately, and the weather moderately warm.

Attended meeting at the Centre as usual. Br. Phoenix was also in attendence and delivered a discourse. Came home immediately after the close.

Monday, 7

Shower sometime in the past night. Day fair and weather moderately warm.

Brought up the remainder of the brush for the peas and finished setting them before dinner. In the afternoon prepared the ground in the garden and planted a row of beans which Urania had sent to us by the mail from Canton.

Tuesday, 8

The day has been mostly fair, and the weather considerably warm.

Spent a portion of the time in the garden & began to plant the beets. Went up to the store & got some cod fish. Began to hoe the corn. Laura & Betsy, & Marion here a visiting.

Wednesday, 9

Day warm and fair. Partially cloudy towards night, indicating showers.

Finished planting the beets in the garden & hoed the tomatoes. Also finished hoing the corn on the west border of the lawn. At night called at Sylvester’s & heard of Garfield’s nomination.

Thursday, 10

Morning partially cloudy, & the day considerably so, especially the latter part. Warm.

Worked a spell at wife’s poesy garden in front of the conservatory, and also another spell at the preparation of ground in the garden for ruta bagas. Set out a few more tomato plants and commenced hoing the corn on the east border of the lawn.

Friday, 11

Fine rain last night & rainy morning, but the day has been warm and partially fair.

Went a fishing a little while in the forenoon, and in the afternoon attended, with wife, the funeral of Br. Streetor which was held at the Centre. I called at Isaac’s afterward.

Saturday, 12

Day mostly fair, and the weather has been considerably warm.

Finished the first hoing of the corn on the east border of the lawn soon after noon and being pretty tired did not try to do anything of consequence afterward, except to rest.

Sunday, 13

The weather has been extremly warm today, & also fair, except a thunder shower afternoon.

Attended meeting in the forenoon and, at wife’s suggestion, invited Burton and Mary to come down here after the close. They came with Edie, and took dinner with us, remaining till after the shower & until towards night. Volney and Laura called in the evening.

Monday, 14

The day has been mostly fair and the weather continues very has been cooler.

Hoed the sweet corn in the lower garden and commenced to hoe the potatoes there, having to plant over a good many hills, the first planting having failed to grow.

Tuesday, 15

The day has been cloudy, and also considerably rainy, especially the afternoon.

Worked in the forenoon at hoing potatoes part of the time, and also planting over the vacant hills, but suspended in the afternoon on account of the rain, devoting the time to rest.

Wednesday, 16

The weather today has been partially fair, and also moderately warm.

Spent a considerable portion of my time today in the lower garden hoing such of the potatoes as had come up, and filling up the ground by planting over the vacant hills where the seed had failed to grow, which is about 1/4 of the whole.

Thursday, 17

The day has been mostly fair with the temperature not very high.

Engaged with the potatoes again hoing and planting, and picking off the largest of the small stones that were yet remaining on the ground.

Friday, 18

The day has been very fair throughout, and only moderately warm.

Employed again at hoing and planting potatoes, making that the principal business of the day, but making only very slow progress on account of the weeds and grass.

Saturday, 19

The day has been mostly fair and the weather warmer. A little rain at night.

Worked at the potatoes again today and finished the first hoing, and filling the vacancies by planting over; and also spent some time digging up the briers and weeds that had encroached upon and occupied the western border of the ground.

Sunday, 20

The day has been partially fair & considerably warm. Thundershowers in the afternoon.

There was no meeting at the Centre today there being a quarterly meeting in session at West Franklin at the present time. Not having proper facilities for attending there we remained at home.

Monday, 21

Forenoon fair but towards night there was a terrible thunderstorm of wind, hail & rain.

Worked in the garden until driven off by the storm, at preparing the ground & planting ruta bagas. The hail did much damage to garden & crops, & the wind to orchards, & timber, & fences.

Tuesday, 22

The weather today has been mostly fair & moderately warm. Sprinkling of rain at night.

Charles White & Mr. Kendall came in the morning to help me put up fences, there being more than 120 rods blown down by the wind yesterday. Spent the forenoon on the flat, & in the afternoon we went on the hill north. We did not finish the staking & riding.

Wednesday, 23

The day has been partially fair and the weather quite warm.

Worked in the garden most of the time today, trying to repair some of the damages the storm has done. Hoed the potatoes & and tomatoes again, filling the vacancies.

Thursday, 24

The weather today has been quite fair & very hot – Mercury up to 91 degrees.

Worked today at rebuilding the rail fence on my east line above the spring, along the side of Norman’s corn, after having finished hoing the potatoes in the garden. Rec’d letter from Lettie.

Friday, 25

The day has been considerably fair and also very hot – 90° and over.

Worked again today at the rail fence along Norman’s corn the same as yesterday, and completed the foundation as far as is necessary, laying it five rails high, and making it ready to be finished another day with stakes and riders.

Saturday, 26

The day has been mostly fair and quite hot, mercury among the nineties.

Worked again today at the fence, – staking it and putting on riders. Norman found a swarm of bees in the apple tree west of the house & gave them up to me. Got Volney to hive them.

Sunday, 27

The day has been very warm & towards night there was thunder & a little rain.

Attended meeting at the Centre and Br. Phoenix was present and delivered a discourse as usual. Called at Lydia’s before meeting & at Isaac’s after the close. He is sick.

Monday, 28

The day has been mostly cloudy and the weather continues very warm.

Finished the line fence on the east side of Norman’s corn in the forenoon, and in the afternoon commenced the second hoing of the strip of corn on the east side of the lawn and made considerable progress by working pretty late.

Tuesday, 29

The day has been mostly fair & very warm. Thunder showers in the afternoon & evening.

Finished hoing the corn in the morning and then went to work in the garden. Worked over the ground again and planted three rows more of rutabagas, and began to hoe the first.

Wednesday, 30

Weather very warm & considerably cloudy much of the time, & showery too.

Spent the forenoon pulling weeds in the garden from out of the asparagus bed, the ground being to wet to be hoed. In the afternoon went to work among the beets and hoed them.

July

Thursday, 1

The weather has been quite warm and partially fair. Thunder clouds in afternoon.

In the morning resumed my work among the beets thinning them out and planting the vacancies over again. In the afternoon finished hoing the ruta bagas for the first time & hoed the sweet corn in lower garden the second time.

Friday, 2

The day has been warm and mostly cloudy. At 5 o’clock it began to rain continuing to eve.

Commenced to hoe the potatoes in the lower garden the second time, and was busy most of the time till driven off by the rain in the afternoon, having accomplished about half the job.

Saturday, 3

The day has been moderately warm & partially cloudy, – considerably so towards the close.

Spent most of the forenoon about the house, but went down to Foster’s to inquire for Luman. Afternoon went to work at the potatoes again but the ground was hardly dry enough.

Sunday, 4

The day has been quite fair and pleasant, & temperature moderately warm.

Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon today as usual, and wife went with me. Br. Phoenix was present and preached according to appointment. In the afternoon went down to the pasture & gave the cattle some salt. Volney made a call.

Monday, 5

Forenoon quite cloudy and at noon a rain began to fall and continued several hours.

Finished hoing the potatoes in the morning and after that hoed the cucumbers in the garden. Luman made a short call. Did nothing of much account in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 6

Rainy morning & wet forenoon. Afternoon quite fair and considerably warm.

Worked in the garden a portion of the time today, pulling out some weeds in the forenoon & in the afternoon, when the ground had become dryer, using the hoe.

Wednesday, 7

The day has been quite fair throughout, & also considerably warm.

Went down to Luman’s place in the morning, having Albert to help me drive them. Spent the forenoon repairing the rail fence east of the house where Foster lives, in order to prevent them them from getting out. Did nothing in the afternoon. Luman there with help harvesting.

Thursday, 8

The day has been mostly fair but there were thunder clouds in the afternoon without rain.

Went up to the store in the morning & then went to work on the flat at setting up wheat, Luman having come with several hands to cut it. Only Frank Kenyon & Comfort Ingraham worked in the afternoon.

Friday, 9

A very warm night. Day mostly fair and the weather very warm.

Ingraham came in the morning and cut the rest of the wheat, working here only half a day & helping Vroman in the afternoon. I raked & bound & put up the wheat. Luman called.

Saturday, 10

The day has been considerably fair and the weather continues very warm.

Not having any help today I therefore let my haying rest, to be commenced in the beginning of the coming week. Have been employed a portion of the time in the garden, working among the beets and ruta bagas, pulling & hoing up the weeds, & have read some.

Sunday, 11

The weather has been quite fair today and also remains very warm. Shower in the eve.

Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon as usual and heard brother Phoenix preach, making a call at my sister’s before the meeting hour. Spent the afternoon at home.

Monday, 12

The day has been quite fair & very warm, with thunder clouds towards night & a little rain.

Walked up to the depot in the morning & met Lettie who came in on the train & brot her down by stage. Left Comfort & Frank mowing door yard & west orchard & Luman came & helped, going home in afternoon. We raked & cocked the hay.

Tuesday, 13

Thunder shower in the night. Day mostly fair & no rain. Weather not extremely warm.

Luman had made arrangements to have his wheat threshed today but on account of the rain in the night he did not come. Comfort & Frank split up some wood at the door & worked a spell at sawing off & trimming a fallen appletree. Afternoon Comfort mowed along the creek, this side of the wheat.

Wednesday, 14

The weather has been very warm and quite fair throughout the entire day.

Luman had 150 bushels of wheat threshed today and had all the hands employed there. He brought it here for storage. I have worked in the garden. Luman & Comfort are remaining here.

Thursday, 15

The weather has been mostly fair today but in the afternoon there were clouds threatening rain.

Sylvester came with machine & mowed today. Luman with Comfort & Frank worked at the hay & in the course of the day hauled in five loads, I helping what I could of course. Luman & Comfort remain.

Friday, 16

Clouds & sunshine, and in the middle of the day a moderate shower of rain.

The boys hauled two loads of wheat in the morning & then went to hauling hay. They hauled three loads for Sylvester and he, after having finished the mowing took one of his horses & went to raking. After the shower they went to work at the hay again, & put in cock what was left in meadow at night. Luman and Comfort stay.

Saturday, 17

The day has been partially cloudy, and the weather considerably warm.

The boys went to work at the hay in the morning, having Daniel Bruce to help. They opened the cocks first & then, beginning at the dryest, went to hauling, & finishing before dinner. 18 loads in all & 3 loads of wheat. Luman went home afternoon & took Lettie.

Sunday, 18

Day fair and quite warm till towards night & then came thunder clouds & a little rain.

Attended meeting at the Centre in the forenoon & heard Br. Phoenix, & in the afternoon went up there again with wife, & attended the funeral of Geo. White’s wife, at which Dr. Taylor of Towanda officiated.

Monday, 19

The day has been pretty fair until some time in the afternoon & then thunder clouds.

Spent the day about home, part of the time in the garden weeding and hoing and thinning out the ruta bagas, and a portion of it in the house reading and at rest. Luman came in the forenoon, bringing Lettie back with him.

Tuesday, 20

Much thunder & some rain in the night. Day cloudy & afternoon considerably rainy.

Have worked in the garden most of the time today, and chiefly at hoing and dressing out the ruta bagas. Have also spent some time in the house resting and reading.

Wednesday, 21

The weather has remained quite cloudy throught the day and has become some cooler.

Have made the garden my principal field of operations again to day, and have completed the hoing &c. of the ruta bagas, and have commenced to dress out the allies.

Thursday, 22

Morning fair but the day has been considerably cloudy, especially in the afternoon.

Have spent most of the time today in the garden, and have worked at hoing or digging up the weeds in the allies and other parts of the garden wherever they they could be found, and in putting the ground and plants in proper order.

Friday, 23

The day has been considerably fair & the weather moderately warm.

Have worked in the garden much of the time today and have completed the hoing and cleaning out the allies for the present. Have also dug one plat of the potatoes, to sow turnips.

Saturday, 24

The weather has continued moderately warm and has also been mostly fair.

Lettie started for her home this morning & I for a visit at Canton, Ross calling for us here with stage, at 9 o’clock. Arrived at Stockwell’s betwee 1 & 2, train being late. Am tarring at Lathan’s to night.

Sunday, 25

Temperature pleasantly warm, and the day considerably fair.

Have spent the day till after dinner at Laythan’s, after which I came back to finish my visit here with my old friend and brother in law, Mr. Stockwell and his wife. Towards the close of day we all called on Matt. & Charlotte. Late & Urania also came in. Am staying with Charles.

Monday, 26

The weather has been warm, and mostly fair but there was a small shower in the afternoon.

Visited with Charles and Anna a spell after breakfast, then went to the depot but being a little too late for the train, started for home on foot. Took dinner with Wm. Bates, & called at Sally’s on the way.

Tuesday, 27

The day has been only partially fair, and there was a light shower of rain in the forenoon.

Daniel Bruce came and cut my oats today. Helped him grind the cradle scythe, & being out of wood picked up some to use through the day. Besides this did but little.

Wednesday, 28

The weather has been clear & cloudy by turns, but there has been no rain here.

In the morning worked a spell in the garden preparing the ground where potatoes had been taken off to sow some turnips. After the dew had partially dried off commenced to rake and bind the oats, and in course of the day have made out 131 bundles.

Thursday, 29

The weather has been mostly fair today and somewhat cooler than common.

Finished raking and binding the oats today and then carried them together. At night got Harvey and Tyrus Bailey to haul them into the barn. There was in all 326 bundles.

Friday, 30

Day quite fair and the weather considerably warmer than yesterday & last night.

Went up to the store & got some turnip seed & some fish. Sowed turnips & picked up some wood. Read a spell & then went over the creek to salt the cattle, after which went on the hill & picked 2 quarts blackberries.

Saturday, 31

The weather today has been quite fair, and very warm. It has also become very dry.

Picked up some wood in the morning, and then went over to the woods and worked till afternoon at clearing out and opening roads to my wood that is chopped and piled there & had been shut up by the hurricane on the 21st of June. Luman & Mr. Lewis here.

August

Sunday, 1

Day fair & very hot. The mercury has been away up among the nineties.

Went up to the Centre to meeting in the morning & left a "Canton Sentinel" in the box for Geo. Harris & then before the hour called at Lydia’s a little while. Br. Ross was speaker.

Monday, 2

A very warm night & another very hot day – 94. A smart thunder shower after 3 p.m.

spent the forenoon trying to find some blackberries on the hill over the creek but made out quite poorly. On my return found cousin Amanda & the widow of Harvey Kellogg here visiting.

Tuesday, 3

Rainy night & morning quite cloudy, raining some, and continuing so thro the day.

Have not attempted to do anything today except to pick up some wood and attend to the chores. Azor and Eliza came here to visit us in the forenoon, remaining till towards night. Edie Saxton was also here. Burton and Mary called.

Wednesday, 4

Another rainy night, which has been succeeded by a cloudy day, raining a little.

Have spent most of the time today about the house, not being engaged in any particular employment, but have picked up and prepared our supply of wood, & have read some, & have done some tinkering.

Thursday, 5

The day has been mostly fair & considerably cool in the morning but warm in afternoon.

spent some in the morning reading in the library, & then went to work at triming out, and bringing up to the house for wood, some branches of a fallen appletree. Afternoon opened roads in woods.

Friday, 6

Morning very foggy and the day quite fair, and the weather moderately warm.

Went up to the Centre in the morning, calling at Lydia’s, and getting some articles at the store. Came home and filed a handsaw, and put a handle into a pitch fork, & in the afternoon went a fishing. Luman called & paid me $135. for cattle, he having paid $20. for help to do my harvesting & haying.

Saturday, 7

The day has been remarkable fair and also considerably warm.

Have not engaged at any particular business today, but have given some attention to various matters that have come in my way. Afternoon went to the store & pd. Taylor $30. leaving bal. of $17.80.

Sunday, 8

The weather has been quite fair again today, and also very warm.

Attended meeting with Amy today & paid $10. – my subscription – to Br. Phoenix. After meeting at her earnest solicitation we called on aunt Polly Taylor to tea, remaining till towards night.

Monday, 9

The weather has continued very fair and warm today, & is beginning to be quite dry again.

Sylvester helped me to get three loads of wood this forenoon, & to saw some hemlock trees that fallen in the way. Had Volney’s cross cut saw. Afternoon tinkered some, & rested some, and split up some wood, in order to leave home tomorrow.

Tuesday, 10

Day mostly fair and quite warm, but towards night became a little showery.

Started in the morning for Troy & came by stage & rail. Made quite a number of purchases in the village, & left things to be sent to Taylor’s. Took dinner at Amanda’s and at night came over here to tarry at Azor’s.

Wednesday, 11

Rained some in the night & morning a little rainy, then came off fair but rained some afternoon.

Remained at Azor’s until towards noon and then walked down here to Benjamin’s where I have spent the afternoon, and have been persuaded to tarry overnight.

Thursday, 12

The day has been considerably fair and the weather moderately warm.

Some time after breakfast Benjamin brot me part of the way home & then I walked the remainder. Found my things at Taylor’s all right & had them brot home. Spent the afternoon putting up my window shades, transferring flowering plants to larger pots, & arranging things about the house. Found Letter from Lettie.

Friday, 13

The weather today has been mostly fair and also quite warm.

Spent the forenoon about the house & in the afternoon rode to Troy & back with Sylvester. Got some iron for fence hooks, & some other things. Br. A. B. Chamberlain preaches here tonight.

Saturday, 14

The weather has been mostly cloudy today, with some sprinklings of rain.

There being a two days meeting in progress at the centre, attended in the forenoon and heard Br. Chamberlain, and also again in the afternoon. Br’n. Hayden & Wood, as well as Br. Phoenix were also present.

Sunday, 15

The day has been partially cloudy and the weather comfortably cool.

Attended meeting again this forenoon at which Br. Chamberlain was the speaker. Eliza attended having staid with us last night and stopped today at her uncle Isaac’s. We are having the company too of Urania and Mertie who came today.

Monday, 16

A little frost in some places in the morn. Day quite fair and tolerably warm.

Worked in the shop today much of the time having commenced to finish up some work on the west side of the house, beginning with a pair of doors to the outside cellarway.

Tuesday, 17

Morning cool without frost, and the day fair and moderately warm.

Worked some at the cellar doors and went up to the store and got some butts & screws to hang them with. Attended also to several smaller matters.

Wednesday, 18

The day has been mostly fair and considerably warm but is cool again tonight.

Fitted and hung the outside cellar doors, and having hunted and found some old siding commenced to dress and put it on them for facing and found it to be a pretty hard job as well as a slow one.

Thursday, 19

No frost this morning, the day fair, & the weather warm and dry.

Worked most of the time today at the cellar doors, and gave some attention to various other matters that presented themselves for consideration.

Friday, 20

The day has been mostly fair and the weather has become quite warm.

Spent most of the time today working at the cellar doors, and having finished the facing of them and prepared some paint put on the first coat or priming.

Saturday, 21

The weather has been pretty warm and quite pleasant – clouds and sunshine.

Prepared and put on some thin boards each side of the cellar doors, to serve as the finishing of the outer side of the western wall of the gangway over outside entrance into the cellar. Besides this gave attention to some reading and other matters.

Sunday, 22

Weather considerably warm, and continues mostly fair and quite dry.

Attended meeting today as usual but Br. Phoenix failed to be present. The desk was occupied by a man from East Troy by the name of Wheeler; supposed to be a methodist.

Monday, 23

The day has been fair or principally so, & the weather warm and dry.

Worked some at preparing and putting on some thin stuff facings and battings over the cellar doors, and in the course of the day attended to some other things.

Tuesday, 24

Weather pleasant and agreeable, no particular change occurring yet.

Devoted a considerable portion of the time today working in the shop preparing facings and battens to be used above the cellar doors, and after putting them on put on the priming, and also the second coat on the doors.

Wednesday, 25

The day has been partially cloudy with some signs of rain.

Spent the principal portion of the day in the shop at selecting and preparing some thin stuff to be used in finishing the west wall of store room on outside.

Thursday, 26

The weather continues temperate & agreeable, with clouds and sunshine.

Spent the forenoon on the north hill finishing the line fence next to Volney’s lot which was left on the 22nd of June last. In the afternoon worked at outer wall of store room.

Friday, 27

The day has been mostly fair and quite pleasant, but remains very dry.

In the morning spent some time below the barn repairing the lane fence which Harvey’s heifer had broken down and got into the meadow. Remainder of day spent in putting on frieze & battens, and painting outer wall of store room & cellar way.

Saturday, 28

Weather mostly fair & quite dry till towards night, & then cloudy with a copious thunder shower.

Finished battening and painting the east side of the cellar way and store room & did some other work. Br. Harvey Holcomb called towards night & is tarrying with us over night.

Sunday, 29

Forenoon fair and warm, afternoon cloudy and thundershowers.

Walked over to Leroy with Br. Holcomb and attended the meeting there. After the close called at Br. Churchill’s and took dinner with him, after which came home.

Monday, 30

Rainy night & morning rainy, the day remaining cloudy and quite wet. Spent the greater portion of the forenoon in the shop, selecting and sawing to proper length some boards to be used in my work at finishing and repairing the western portion of the house & most of the remaining portion in the house reading.

Tuesday, 31

The day has been cloudy & weather moderately cool, with very little rain(?).

Repaired the pigpen in the morning and have done considerable tinkering and repairing of different articles in course of the day. Began to cut the corn.

Luman called.

September

Wednesday, 1

Day mostly cloudy with a very little sunshine.

Finished cutting up the corn below the house, and have gathered a few apples of the Douse variety, besides attending to some other minor matters.

Thursday, 2

The day has been principally fair and the weather has become quite warm again.

Went up to the store in the morning and got some nails and some groceries, and after this commenced to make the panels for a line fence across the flat next to Harvey’s lot. Made 14 besides spending some time visiting with Benjamin & Lurenda who were here.

Friday, 3

The day has been considerably fair and also extremely warm, mercury 93°.

Worked at making fence panels again today until my stock of boards were exhausted, making out in all twenty seven, and lacking about forty eight of the number necessary.

Saturday, 4

Day mostly fair and very hot. Clouds at night, & sprinkling of rain in evening.

Rode to Troy with Sylvester today & took dinner at Samuel’s. Brought home, among other things, a spring bed, and a shawl for wife, and four window shades.

Sunday, 5

The day has been mostly fair and the weather has continued very warm.

Went over the creek in the morning and found a few mushrooms – enough for my breakfast. Attended meeting in company with wife, calling for Levi on the way. Br. Phoenix was in attendence and preached as usual. In the afternoon Sylvester & Permelia made a call.

Monday, 6

The day has been only partially fair & the weather has continued quite warm.

Went up to see Hollis after breakfast but he had gone away, then went to store & traded a little. After this came home & put latch & bolt on cellar doors, & then husked a little corn.

Tuesday, 7

The day has been quite fair, and the weather only moderately warm.

Went to see Hollis early in the morning about getting some boards & after breakfast went up to mill & selected them. After this repaired the fence east of the house & let calves in meadow.

Wednesday, 8

Having had information Ross’ threshing machine would be at my barn today spent the morning in making preparation and in finding help. The threshing was completed pretty soon after dinner I having 24 bushels of wheat & 16 ½ of oats, & Rockwell 75 bushels oats of which I had one third.

The day has been mostly cloudy & little cool.

Thursday, 9

The weather has been mostly fair today, and also tolerably warm.

Resumed my work again today at making the panels for the meadow fence on the line of Harvey’s lot, and made some progress, besides giving attention to some other matters.

Friday, 10

Weather has continued mostly fair today but has become somewhat cooler at the close.

Burton came today to help me about the fence. He sharpened some posts, & with Sylvester & his team hauled & distributed them with the panels that were ready, & then we commenced to set them.

Saturday, 11

A slight frost in some places in morning and the day fair & moderately warm.

Expected Burton today but he did not come. Went to work myself at making panels again until the lumber fell short and then went up to Hollis Taylor’s mill and selected another supply which he is to deliver soon. Wife received news today that Mary Ann is very sick.

Sunday, 12

The day has been considerably fair & weather moderately warm.

Attended meeting today at the Centre and wife attended also. Br. Phoenix was in attendence and delivered a discourse. We spent the afternoon together at home.

Monday, 13

The day has been cloudy and considerably rainy & wet. Weather temperate.

Spent the day about the house, helping wife a little about her washing and doing nothing in particular. Went up to the store towards night & bought a barrel of salt. Luman called. Sent $2.00 for the Standard.

Tuesday, 14

The weather today has been mostly cloudy and also considerably cool.

Worked a part of the day at putting in some hooks and putting on the panels to that portion of the fence beyond the little creek. Wanting more boards, went up to to the sawmill & selected some which Hollis is to send down to me.

Wednesday, 15

The day has been considerably cloudy and the temperature not very high.

In morning went to Centre & engaged the stage to come for Amy who has gone to Canton for a visit. Worked at the part of the day & put on 11 panels this side of creek & have attended to chores.

Thursday, 16

The weather today has been partially fair and also considerably warm.

After housework in morning spent rest of forenoon inserting the hooks into the fence posts. Afternoon worked at panels, making fifteen besides my housework & chores.

Friday, 17

The day has been quite fair and the weather has become very warm.

After the housework and morning morning matters had been attended to went to work & made five more panels for the fence which finished the complement. Afternoon went up to Lydia’s & returning found Amy at home. She had arrived in my absence.

Saturday, 18

The fore part of the day was fair and the latter part mostly so, & all very warm.

Sylvester helped me haul the remainder of the panels & after this I put them on to the fence. Afternoon went over to the woods and cut some poles to make a fence across the little creek.

Sunday, 19

The day has been partially cloudy & also very warm and dry.

This being the time of yearly meeting at Smithfield & not knowing there would be a meeting here, did not go to see but remained at home & made it a day of rest.

Monday, 20

The weather has been partially cloudy today, and also very warm.

Went down to Robert’s in the morning & drove home from there three yearling steers & two calves which Luman had bought for me, & then went to cutting my share of Norman’s corn. Today Sarah died early in the afternoon.

Tuesday, 21

Worked the principal portion of the day at cutting up corn but left off in the afternoon in season to attend Sarah’s funeral at 4 o’clock. It was conducted at the dwelling by Br. Wood.

The day has been mostly fair but towards the close became considerably cool.

Wednesday, 22

The weather today is considerably fair and moderately cool

This day completes my 79th year & I enter my 80th. I have celebrated this anniversary in the corn field, alone, employed at cutting up the corn in order to secure the crop.

Thursday, 23

The day has been mostly cloudy & somewhat cool. Fair at the close.

Cut up corn part of the time and hauled some poles to make the fence across the creek with Norman’s horses, he being here harvesting buckwheat. Finished up the fence in the afternoon & at night turned my 5 yearling steers into the meadow. Lydia & Vesta McIlroy(?) called.

Friday, 24

Morning fair with partial frost. The day has been mostly fair & moderately warm.

Got some peaches from Lydia’s in the morning. After this spent a portion of the day at cutting corn, and also attended to some other matters besides.

Saturday, 25

The day has been partially cloudy and also considerably warm for the time of year.

Made corn cutting the principal business of the day and finished my portion of it a little before night. After this I set a pair of posts for a set of bars west of the house.

Sunday, 26

The weather has been considerably fair today and of an agreeable temperature.

Attended meeting at the Centre today as usual and listened to a discourse by Br. Wood? who attended to fill the appointment of Br. Phoenix who has gone away to attend a meeting in Lackawanna county of some special importance. Wrote a card to T. J. Smiley.

Monday, 27

The day has been considerably cloudy with indications of rain. Weather temperate.

Having five calves to feed now & but three stantials in my feeding place, concluded to make a new set sufficient for them all, & therefore began the work. Got Harvey to castrate one that I had of Robert.

Tuesday, 28

A heavy rain last night, & most of the day quite rainy, causing a considerable flood.

Continued my work of constructing a new set of stantials, doing what I could at them under the unfavorable circumstances, working in the shop principally.

Wednesday, 29

Weather cool and mostly cloudy. Short intervals of sunshine in the afternoon.

Completed my feeding stantials for the calves, and after having cleared away the space in the fence for them, set the posts, and put them up, and got them in order for use. After this gathered a few apples and attended to some other matters, including the chores.

Thursday, 30

Weather mostly cloudy with some wind & quite cool. Some light dashes of rain.

Brought down some pumpkins for the cows in the morning, and gathered a few apples. T. J. Smiley came to get some apples & I sold him ten bushels.

October

Friday, 1

A killing frost in the morning, the first of the season. Day fair and pleasant.

Prepared some watering places in the calf pastures and did some other things in the forenoon, and in the afternoon husked corn on the borders of the lawn.

No entries Saturday October 2 -Tuesday October 5.

Wednesday, 6

The weather today has been mostly fair and also considerably warm.

Thursday, 7

The weather continues pleasant and agreeable, much the same as yesterday.

Friday, 8

Fair weather continues yet, and it is also moderately warm.

Saturday, 9

The day has been quite fair and pleasant, and the temperature agreeable.

Sunday, 10

The weather today has been mostly fair and moderately warm.

Monday, 11

A partial frost in the morning, day fair and warm, and quite pleasant.

Worked at my potatoes – finished digging the peerless(?) variety and put them in the cellar making 36 bushels in all. Have a few yet left in the upper garden of the Early Rose variety. Luman came in the morning and waited till towards noon for Dillin to come for wheat, but he did not come.

Tuesday, 12

The forenoon was quite cloudy and very windy, the afternoon has been more fair.

Commenced to husk my share of the cor? that Norman planted & did a little at that besides attending to some other necessary things. Received a letter from Esther, & one from Dillin.

Wednesday, 13

The day has been quite fair, & more calm than yesterday. A little cool towards night.

Worked some in the forenoon at husking corn & in the afternoon had some other matters to attend to, among which was attending to putting up & loading Luman’s wheat.

Thursday, 14

Hard frost in the morning & quite cool. Day fair with considerable wind.

Friday, 15

A rain towards morning. Day mostly fair and weather moderate.

Saturday, 16

The weather has continued considerably fair but has been quite windy.

Sunday, 17

The weather today has been cloudy and windy, and considerably rainy.

Monday, 18

No entry.

Tuesday, 19

No entry

Wednesday, 20

Morning frosty, day fair, and weather pleasant and agreeable.

Thursday, 21

The weather today has been partially fair, & the weather quite mild & pleasant.

Norman came & helped me haul the corn I had husked, which we put into the shop. In the afternoon resumed my husking again, and had Amy to help me.

Friday, 22

The day has been mostly cloudy, with a slight sprinkling of rain. Weather mild.

Worked a portion of the day in the field at husking corn and spent some time with Mr. Hyatt who came to insure my buildings &c. He remained with us to dinner.

Saturday, 23

Morning quite cloudy & foggy, & the day considerably windy, & rainy, & cool.

Did not go into the field to work today but worked in the shop at sorting and putting away my corn that was left there the other day, storing in the crib 56 bushels of the best and placing 2 in the hoghouse.

Sunday, 24

The day has been partially fair but very windy and quite cool.

Did not attend meeting today, but remained at home on account of not feeling very well, and other circumstances also being unfavorable.

No entries Monday October 25 - Monday November 1

Tuesday, 2

The day has been mostly cloudy but the temperature has been quite mild & agreeable.

Dug a bushel of early rose potatoes which had been left in the garden and put them in the cellar, and then went up to the election & gave my 15th vote at Presidential elections.

Wednesday, 3

No entry

Thursday, 4

No entry

Friday, 5

The weather today has been mostly cloudy fall like.

Made a temporary floor on platform in the milking yard for cows to stand on at the stantials when they are milked and fed. Attended to some other matters besides.

Saturday, 6

Weather moderate but quite cloudy & afternoon & evening quite rainy.

Have done no work today of much account except to clear out the channel of the stream above the milking yard. Went up to the Centre, in the middle of the day calling at Lydia’s.

Sunday, 7

The day has been fair cloudy and somewhat windy, & considerably cold. High water.

Having worked considerably hard of late in order to harvest and secure my crops and feeling somewhat out of order on that account and much disposed to rest, & while at rest to sleep, concluded to remain at home but wife went to meeting. Volney & Laura here in eve.

Monday, 8

The day has been partially fair, and the temperature considerably cool.

Went to work at the ruta bagas today & pulled and trimmed a part of them and put them in the cellar. Worked a spell in the morning at sorting & putting away potatoes.

Tuesday, 9

Morning very frosty and very foggy. Day quite fair and pleasant.

Finished pulling & trimming the rutabagas and put them in the cellar, making out 22 bushels of them in all. After this made a beginning with the little flat turnips.

Wednesday, 10

The day has been partially fair and the weather quite moderate.

Finished pulling the flat turnips & put them in the cellar (seven bushels in all) & then carried the tops away to be fed to the cows. After this cleared off the asparagus bed and then went to carrying dung on to the garden from the milking yard with the wheel barrow.

Thursday, 11

Heavy rain last night & high water. Day mostly fair & considerably warm.

Finished

Diary entries for this volume end here.
 

Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 03 December 2010
By Joyce M. Tice
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